High school student calls for AI laws after doctored pornographic images of him and others were shared online | CNN


14-year-old Francesca Money and her mother Dorota Money speak with CNN’s Michael Smerkonish on Saturday.


A student at a New Jersey high school is calling for a federal law to crack down on AI-generated pornographic images after she says photos of her and other female classmates were manipulated and possibly shared online over the summer.

Westfield High School student Francesca Mani, 14, and her mother, Dorota, have expressed frustration at what they say is a lack of legal recourse to protect victims of AI-generated pornography.

Speaking to CNN’s Michael Smerkonish on Saturday, Dorota said: “In this situation, there were several boys or boys who should be found to have created inappropriate images without the girls’ consent.”

Francesca, who said she is among more than 30 Westfield High School girls whose photos were doctored and possibly shared publicly, is asking the school and local, state and federal officials.

School administrators first became aware of the incident on Oct. 20 when students notified them that the images had been created and possibly shared over the summer.

In a letter to students and parents sent Oct. 20, Westfield Principal Marie Asfendis expressed concern about who created the images and if they were shared. At this time, we believe that any image created has been removed. And they are not playing. This is a very serious incident.

Westfield High School has since conducted its own investigation, and the Westfield Police Department and designated school resource officer were immediately notified and consulted about the investigation, according to school spokeswoman Mary Ann McGann. CNN has reached out to the Westfield Police Department for comment.

McGann told CNN that the school could not provide specific details about the number of students involved and any disciplinary action taken, as student matters are confidential.

The school released a statement to CNN from Superintendent Dr. Raymond Gonzalez, who said all school districts are grappling with the challenges and impacts of artificial intelligence and other technologies available to students anytime, anywhere.

The Westfield Public School District has put measures in place to prevent this from happening on our school network and devices, Gonzalez added. We continue to strengthen our efforts by educating students and creating clear guidelines to ensure that these new technologies are used responsibly in our schools and beyond.

Dorota said she was proud of her daughter for standing up not only for herself, but also on behalf of other young girls who have fallen victim to AI-generated deeply pornographic content.

“I think it’s more complicated than Westfield High School, and it’s our time and opportunity to treat it as a teachable platform to shed light on this important issue,” he said.

Dorota said her daughter asked her to see if there were any laws in New Jersey that would protect against deepfake images or videos, and she also wrote a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to ask the state’s governors to make sure. There are laws to protect minors. Girls and boys.

CNN has reached out to the New Jersey County Attorney’s Office and the White House for comment.

Intelligence officials in the US have warned of a sharp rise in deepfake videos, which may look convincingly real but are produced using artificial intelligence. In California, bills have been written to combat the use of deepfakes in non-consensual pornography.

CNN’s Samantha Beach contributed to this report.

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